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Sara Connor during her trial in Bali, Indonesia (Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Sara Connor during her trial in Bali, Indonesia (Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

Sara Connor during her trial in Bali, Indonesia (Firdia Lisnawati/AP)

An Australian woman on trial with her British boyfriend over the death of a police officer on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali has expressed deep regret and apologised, but said she did not personally kill the policeman.

Prosecutors are seeking eight-year prison terms for Sara Connor and David James Taylor, who were arrested last August over the death of traffic police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was found on the beach outside the Pullman Hotel in the popular tourist area of Kuta.

They are charged with committing violence leading to death, which carries a maximum 12-year prison term under Indonesia's criminal code.

"If this is what God had planned for my life, to punish me so harshly and deprive my children of their mother, I hope he will give my children the strength to cope," Connor, weeping, told Denpasar District Court in her defence plea.

Connor, 46, said she believed her boyfriend when he told her the assault was not serious.

Taylor has admitted hitting the Indonesian repeatedly with a mobile phone, binoculars and a broken beer bottle, leaving him face down and unconscious.

But he said he did not realise Mr Sudarsa would die.

Connor and Taylor had been drinking beer on the beach in the hours before the late-night incident.

Taylor has said he got into a fight with Mr Sudarsa, who was on duty, after Connor realised she had lost her handbag and accused Mr Sudarsa of being a fake police officer and stealing it.

Connor said she never tried to escape, even though she said she could have fled using her Italian passport, which has a different surname.

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"I deeply regret and I apologise for any mistakes made unknowingly and unintentionally by me but none of my actions caused the death of the victim," she said.

"I feel terribly sorry for all the pain that this situation has created."

She expressed deep condolences and sadness to Mr Sudarsa's family, to the Balinese people, to Indonesia, and to her family, especially her children.

The trial is to resume on Thursday for the prosecutors' response.

AP


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